Police step up SOP checks at public spaces

Safety first: Members of the public are reminded to adhere to the SOP when visiting public spots such as Taman Tasik Titiwangsa. — LOW BOON TAT/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: With the Klang Valley having moved to Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan, Wangsa Maju police will step up compliance checks, especially at public spots such as Tasik Ampang Hilir and Tasik Titiwangsa.

Wangsa Maju OCPD Supt Ashari Abu Samah said the compliance operation task force would be directed to increase inspections as the standard operating procedure (SOP) had been relaxed.

“We are aware of the influx of visitors at public spots such as Tasik Titiwangsa and Tasik Ampang Hilir.

“Our compliance operation task force will make more rounds in such areas to ensure that people abide by the SOP,” he said after witnessing the destruction of items seized from anti-gambling operations in the district yesterday.

Members of the public, said Supt Ashari, would be advised to adhere to the SOP.

“However, we will take stern ac–tion if they fail to comply,” he added.

On the seized items that were destroyed, Supt Ashari said these included 1,319 computers, 41 laptops and 206 mobile phones.

“The items, which are worth about RM45,000, were seized during illegal gambling operations in the district between 2014 and 2020.

“We have to destroy them for cases that have been resolved to make space for other seized items because gambling raids are carried out almost daily,” he said.

Supt Ashari said with the Klang Valley having moved to Phase Two, illegal gambling syndicates were expected to become more active.

“We will increase the raids to ensure the district is free of illegal gambling. While some syndicates have made their services available digitally, avid gamblers still prefer to play at their gambling dens,” he said.

He urged those with information to contact the Wangsa Maju police at 03-9289 9222, the Kuala Lumpur police hotline at 03-2115 9999 or the nearest police station.

“We need public cooperation in the war against illegal gambling. We also urge the public not to be involved in illegal gambling as it would only lead to misery,” he said.

Also present were Kuala Lumpur deputy CID chief Asst Comm Kamaruzaman Elias and magistrate Mohamad Fared Abdul Latif.

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